Health Law Newsletter Fall 2011

Faculty News

Prof. Annas examines health law questions in recent NEJM articles

Professor of Law George J. Annas has authored five articles in recent months for the New England Journal of Medicine, including one examining the difficult questions of constitutionality raised by the Affordable Care Act. In addition, his most recent book, Worst Case Bioethics: Death, Disaster, and Public Health, has been published in paperback by Oxford University Press.

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Professor of Law George J. Annas

Prof. Mariner prepares amicus brief on Affordable Care Act

Anticipating that challenges to health reform’s constitutionality will eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court, Professor of Law Wendy K. Mariner is preparing an amicus brief on behalf of health law professors, one of several ACA-related projects she has undertaken in recent months.

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Professor of Law Wendy K. Mariner

Prof. Miller celebrates 40th year teaching health law at BU

Professor of Law Emerita Frances H. Miller’s groundbreaking and influential career has spanned parts of five decades at BU Law. With this year marking the 40th anniversary of her first year teaching health law, she reflects on what has changed, what has not, and why she keeps coming back for more.

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Professor of Law Emerita Frances H. Miller

Prof. Moncrieff uses ACA controversy as a “teaching moment”

Associate Professor of Law Abigail R. Moncrieff is seizing on the Affordable Care Act controversy as a teaching moment, co-teaching a unique new seminar in which students will draft amicus briefs related to ACA litigation and organizing an American Journal of Law & Medicine symposium on ACA-related issues.

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Associate Professor of Law Abigail R. Moncrieff

Prof. Outterson writes about health care reform for leading blog

Associate Professor of Law Kevin Outterson has joined a leading health economics blog to deliver research-oriented commentary related to health care reform. His work was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in a pharmaceutical data-mining case decided in June 2011.

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Associate Professor of Law Kevin Outterson

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Special Features

A look at BU's Health Policy Institute

BU's Health Policy Institute is promoting interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty from across the university and experts around the globe.

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Law Professor Khiara Bridges publishes new book

Associate Professor of Law Khiara M. Bridges' new book, Reproducing Race, an ethnography of pregnancy and birth at a large New York City public hospital, explores the role of race in medical settings.

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Associate Professor of Law Khiara M. Bridges

Visiting Assistant Professor Diana Winters makes smooth transition to academia

Diana R. H. Winters reflects on her experience as BU Law's first health law visiting assistant professor, a two-year post that prepares candidates for full-time tenure-track positions.

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Visiting Assistant Professor Diana Winters

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Program News

Health Law Externship Program offers practical experience

Each semester, participants in the Health Law Externship Program gain hands-on legal experience under the supervision of practitioners who are experts in the health law field.

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Dennis Coyne, Lia Mulligan and Alex Freundlich

BU expands cross-disciplinary opportunities in health law

A number of interdisciplinary health law courses will be available to BU students this fall.

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U.S. News and World Report BU Law's Health Law Program Ranked #2, 2012 Edition

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Upcoming Events at BU Law

October 34, 2011

Symposium: “Antimicrobial Resistance: Biology, Population Dynamics and Policy Options.” This symposium, organized by the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health and hosted by BU Law, will explore the roles of transmission modeling, pathogen genomics and traditional surveillance in understanding the biology and population dynamics of antimicrobial resistance. Included will be discussion on the pros and cons of proposed mechanisms to encourage development of novel antimicrobial agents. A goal of the symposium is to encourage collaboration among public health experts, modelers and biologists in studies of drug-resistant pathogens. “It’s pretty rare to get lawyers, scientists, biologists, epidemiologists and others all together in one room to discuss issues such as these,” said Kevin Outterson, an associate professor at BU Law, who will lead the antibiotic policy options session. “This will be a very rewarding conference.” The event will be held at BU Law.

October 23, 2011

Pike Conference: “The Holocaust and Its Legacy; Resiliency, Fragility and Restitution of Survivors.” Sixty-seven years have passed since the end of the Holocaust, and the remaining survivors are rapidly aging. This is the first group of genocide survivors to have reached the geriatrics age group. This year’s annual Pike Conference, sponsored by BU Law and the School of Public Health in partnership with the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University, will focus on the resiliency and fragility of Holocaust survivors and issues of restitution. Specific topics will include care for aging Holocaust survivors and the subsequent generation, contemporary services for survivors, parallels between the pre-Holocaust and contemporary world, and present threats to Jewish survival. The Pike Award recipient will be child survivor and author Robert Krell, M.D., who will deliver a keynote titled “The Resiliency of the Survivor.” The closing program will highlight Rabbi Joseph Polak, a child survivor, who will give a talk titled “On Being the Last Witness.” The conference will take place at the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House, at 213 Bay State Road.

January 28, 2012

AJLM Symposium: “The American Right to Health: Constitutional, Statutory, and Contractual Healthcare Rights in the United States.” This symposium, part of an annual series sponsored by the American Journal of Law & Medicine and hosted at BU Law, will examine Americans’ health care rights and freedoms and the impact those rights and freedoms will have in litigation over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Opponents of the ACA have argued in lawsuits that the new law violates structural constitutional constraints. Yet, concerns voiced in the media and in electoral campaigns have focused on the law’s substance, particularly the notion that government might be allowed to compel individuals to buy health insurance. The symposium will explore questions surrounding the interplay of structure and substance in the ACA litigation.

>>Full BU Law Event Listing

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